ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Motherboard - Test Setup, HDD Testing and More

Article Index
ASRock P45X3 Deluxe Motherboard
Closer Look at the P45X3 Deluxe
P45X3 Features and Specifications
BIOS and Overclocking
Test Setup, HDD Testing and More
Synthetic System, CPU and Memory
Real World Apps and Gaming
Final Thoughts and Score

Test System Specs:

It's been so long since we did a Intel LGA775 motherboard review that we had to start fresh and don't have any current hardware to compare this setup with.  We are also using the RTM version of Windows 7 on this machine and this will become the main Operating System for many of our tests going forward.  Because of the dated hardware in other reviews, new operating system and a few other variables, we feel that this board will have to stand alone this time around.


Intel Core 2 Duo
CPU
Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 @ 3.0GHz
Motherboard
ASRock P45X3 Deluxe
Memory
Graphics
Cooling
Hard Drives
Operating System
Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
ATI Drivers
Catalyst 9.8 Drivers

 

Subsystem Tests - HDD:

We start off the subsystem testing with some HDD tests.  For the HDTach test below we are using the data from the Crucial 128GB MLC SSD.  This doesn't compare very well with other systems as this is one of the fastest SSDs on the market.  It does show however the capability of the motherboard.  With an average read speed of 221MB/sec, the board certainly can handle a fast drive.

HDTach


 

Subsystem Tests - Audio:

ASRock uses the ALC888 codec that is technically capable of 97dB signal-to-noise ratio. As you can see with all of the results below although the sound quality is labeled as "HD", you can see that the quality is not "high quality".  Even though it is capable of 192kHz audio, it doesn't do it that well.  The truth is that most people won't hear the difference when plugged into a $50 pair of speakers or $15 headphones, but for those of you that care about audio quality on the integrated audio, RightMark Audio Analyzer results are below.

 RMAA

 

Subsystem Tests - Network:

One area that we have started testing is network performance.  It is easy for a company to claim great networking features as many users never test them out and are puzzled when they can only transfer files at a mere 250Mbit/sec on their 1000Mbit/sec NIC.  We use iPerf for testing network performance.

 

iPerf

 

In iPerf, we ran single threaded tests as well as a multi-threaded network test that used five streams at the same time.  Multi-threaded performance always looks better and shows how the network system will hold up when accessed from multiple machines at the same time.  Single thread performance shows client-to-client file sharing performance.  This board held up to the competition and provides very good transfer rates over the 10/100/1000b network.

On the next page we'll cover some synthetic benchmarks relating to system performance and memory before we jump into real world tests and gaming.